The Ice Core samples taken at Lake Vostok Antarctica have no political agenda and like tree rings they do not lie Here is a chart showing 415,000 years of climate history Global warming/cooling is a natural cycle. The warm periods are very short and change is sudden.
Excerpt from DC Clothesline:
The Maunder Minimum (also known as the prolonged sunspot minimum) is the name used for the period roughly spanning 1645 to 1715 when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.
Like the Dalton Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Maunder Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures.
During one 30-year period within the Maunder Minimum, astronomers observed only about 50 sunspots, as opposed to a more typical 40,000-50,000 spots.
Climatologist John Casey, a former space shuttle engineer and NASA consultant, thinks that last year’s winter, described by USA Today as “one of the snowiest, coldest, most miserable on record” is going to be a regular occurrence over the coming decades.
Casey asserts that there is mounting evidence that the Earth is getting cooler due to a decline in solar activity. He warns in his latest book, Dark Winter that a major alteration of global climate has already started and that at a minimum it is likely to last 30 years.
David Hathaway of NASA’s Marshall Solar Physics Center explains:
“We’re at the sunspot maximum of Cycle 24. It’s the smallest sunspot cycle in 100 years and the third in a trend of diminishing sunspot cycles. So, Cycle 25 could likely be smaller than Cycle 24.”
The recorded sunspots have been in decline since 1990 and by the looks of the chart the temps are about to take a dive and Al Gore is full of crap (but we all already knew that). Time to put all those coal fired power plants back online that King Putt ordered shuttered. Oh yeah, solar panels don’t work when they are snow covered.
Either way, it’s Bush’s fault and we’re all racists.
~ Hardnox (pitching in for Clyde)